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Dr. Cicely Cottrell hired as director of Spalding’s undergraduate Criminal Justice Studies program

At a time when the country is focused intensely on social justice and potential police reform, Spalding University has hired Dr. Cicely Cottrell – a scholar on restorative justice, the school-to-prison pipeline and the use of force by law enforcement – as the new director of its undergraduate Criminal Justice Studies program. Cottrell, who began at Spalding on July 1, most recently served from...

Spalding receives $1.28M grant for Master of Social Work students from disadvantaged backgrounds

The Spalding University School of Social Work has been awarded a federal grant totaling more than $1.28 million over five years to provide scholarships to disadvantaged students in its Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The focus will be on students who aspire to provide behavioral health care in primary care settings or in medically underserved communities. A clinical priority of the grant will...

Historical marker unveiled at Spalding’s Columbia Gym — where Muhammad Ali learned to box

A new historical marker was unveiled last week at Spalding University’s Columbia Gym that commemorates the building at 824 S. Fourth St. as the location where a young Muhammad Ali learned to box. The marker dedication took place one day before what would have been Ali’s 78th birthday on Jan. 17. On Ali’s birthday two years ago, Spalding officially changed the name of its athletic building back...

Spalding adopts ‘test-optional’ undergraduate admissions policy; ACT, SAT scores no longer required

Spalding University has announced that it has changed its undergraduate admissions policy by making it optional instead of required for students to include ACT and SAT test scores when they apply. The change, which was approved this month by Spalding’s Undergraduate Admissions Committee, makes Spalding the first four-year nonprofit university in Louisville to adopt a test-optional policy for undergraduate...

Spalding’s Kathleen Driskell elected board chair of major national creative writing education association

Kathleen Driskell, Chair of the Spalding University School of Creative and Professional Writing and an award-winning poet, was recently elected as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) is the nation’s foremost advocacy and professional organization for college and university writing programs and...

Spalding University, Kosair Charities new Leadership Development Institute will train nonprofit leaders

Kosair Charities and Spalding University have announced the creation of the Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute, a yearlong training program for leaders of nonprofit organizations within the Kosair Charities network. The institute aims to improve and enhance already high-performing nonprofits that are dedicated to supporting children and families. The 20 individuals who have been selected...

Judicial Branch to host Court Talks, a community engagement listening session, on May 16 at Spalding University

The Kentucky Judicial Branch and the Jefferson County Racial Fairness Commission will host Court Talks, a community engagement listening session, in Jefferson County to educate the public about the different departments and agencies that play a role in the legal and judicial systems. The event will be May 16 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Spalding University Center, 824 S. 4th St., in Louisville....

Spalding launches Kentucky’s first school of writing — School of Creative and Professional Writing

Nineteen years after launching the state’s first Master of Fine Arts in Writing program, Spalding University is announcing another first: the creation of a new School of Creative and Professional Writing, the first and only school of writing in Kentucky. Building on the success of the university’s nationally distinguished MFA in Writing program, the newly formed School of Creative and Professional...

Arts Council invites residents across state to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day in Louisville April 24

The Kentucky Arts Council and Poet Laureate Frederick Smock invite all Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day, April 24, at Spalding University in Louisville. April 24 is the birthday of Kentucky writer and first United States Poet Laureate Robert Penn Warren. A celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day at Spalding University in Louisville will cap off a week of literary events around the state...

Kentucky Arts Council’s Writers’ Day April 24 highlights full week of literary events across state

The Kentucky Arts Council’s celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day April 24 at Louisville’s Spalding University will cap off a week of literary events around the state that recognize the Commonwealth’s literary tradition. The Kentucky General Assembly established Kentucky Writers’ Day in 1990 to honor Kentucky’s strong literary tradition and to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Kentucky...

UPK author Kathleen Driskell’s collection of poems named 2018 Judy Gaines Young Book Award winner

University Press of Kentucky author Kathleen Driskell has been named the winner of the 2018 Judy Gaines Young Book Award for her book Next Door to the Dead: Poems. The award is given annually by Transylvania University to the author of a recent book of distinction from the Appalachian region, and this year’s winner was selected by Jason Howard, editor of Appalachian Heritage and lecturer at Berea...

Author David Domine’s ghost stories from Louisville available once again to chill and delight

When David Dominé moved into a house in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood, he dismissed local rumors of a resident poltergeist named Lucy. Before long, however, unnerving, disembodied footsteps and mysterious odors caused him to flee his home in the middle of the night. David Domine What began as a search to find rational explanations for the strange occurrences turned into a new life as a...

Jamie Vaught: Reigning Mountain Laurel Festival queen Cook gives up volleyball to pursue nursing

While Connor Rose Cook may be a beauty queen, she sure can play volleyball and she is pretty good. The 2016 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen has played volleyball for many years, including three years at the University of Pikeville where the 5-foot-8 starred. “Volleyball has been a huge part of my life since I was 12 years old,” said Cook, who will give up her crown to the 2017 queen at...

Proud Citizen a creative leap for Lexington duo; film premieres at Kentucky Theater

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, shown in a clip from ‘Proud Citizen,’ co-created the movie with filmmaker Thom Southerland. They both live in Lexington, where the movie premieres Thursday, Jan. 15. (Photo from ProudCitizentheMovie.com)   By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward correspondent   Sometimes, creative ideas are born from glimpses out of the corners of our eyes. Sometimes, they...

Proud Citizen a creative leap for Lexington duo; film premieres at Kentucky Theater

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, shown in a clip from ‘Proud Citizen,’ co-created the movie with filmmaker Thom Southerland. They both live in Lexington, where the movie premieres Thursday, Jan. 15. (Photo from ProudCitizentheMovie.com)   By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward correspondent   Sometimes, creative ideas are born from glimpses out of the corners of our eyes. Sometimes, they...